One other neat thing on show was a motherboard with USB ports on the board. Not pin headers, actual USB ports.
This falls into the 'why didn't I think of that' category, and makes too much sense not to do. I wish everyone did this with at least one port on the board.
Another offering that stood out was the Tempest S5382, a Blackford based Dempsey/Woodcrest board with 16 FBD slots.
Sixteen FBDs are not all that rare in this market, you can get them on a host of boards, but few, if any, do it on a riser. Tyan has two risers, eight FBD each. This leaves room for up to eight SAS ports, a ton of SATA, all while keeping things in a tidy form factor.
If you are looking to build a storage server, or other 'big box' rack mount, this has some interesting possibilities. µ